Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County is a local united Christian organization and ministry dedicated to providing love, hope, respect, and a new beginning to the homeless. UGM-TC offers a holistic program of care that leads to true, lasting healing. All Mission services aim toward productive independence for each individual, regardless of race or religious beliefs.
Programs: A study done by University of North Texas’ School of Public Health, as well as a Star-Telegram news series, brought to light the desperate situation faced by the homeless in our community who are without access to rudimentary health care. Too many of them are women and children.
Union Gospel Mission’s Healing Shepherd Clinic opened in late 2008 to provide free primary medical and preventive services to the residents and guests of Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County. Following the model of Volunteers In Medicine, an international organization dedicated to providing health care for all people, Healing Shepherd Clinic relies on volunteer physicians, nurses, clerical and support staff.
A specially liscensed Family Practice Nurse Practitioner provides accessible, compassionate care for the Mission’s men, women and children as well as oversees clinic operation.
Healing Shepherd Clinic provides a needed service to both the homeless population and to the community at large by taking pressure off local emergency rooms which are currently the indigent person’s only option for care; as well as reducing the hospital’s financial burden.
I worked at UGM-TC for over 5 years and played a key role in the Administrative Area with Don Shisler the acting CEO. What residents say about this place is true. They were forced to work 40 hours a week for $15 to $25 a week "Program Pay". When we hired "successful" residents who'd moved out and proven their worth as employees, they were "coded" differently as to prevent them from obtaining Health Insurance Coverage because Mr. Shisler deemed them as "high risk" to the benefit plans of the Employees. Other staff members who became pregnant were immediately pressured and harassed for the way they performed their job in effort to get them to quit because they would need "too much time off". Staff members are violent towards one another and residents. Mr. Shisler was verbally and sexually abusive towards both. It is NOT a Christian Facility!